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White Mountain Athletic Club starts construction and renovation

Union Leader Correspondent

May 06. 2014 7:18PM
General manager Rene Schwartz, left, and Tom Gross Jr., president of the White Mountain Athletic Club, inspect progress earlier this week on two new indoor pools being built at the facility. (JOHN KOZIOL PHOTO)

WATERVILLE VALLEY — With an eye to being ready for the summer season, the White Mountain Athletic Club has launched an ambitious $700,000 renovation project that includes construction of two indoor pools as well as the renovation of existing facilities.

Begun last month and expected to continue into late June/early July, the project entails building a 24-meter gunite pool, a gunite kids’ pool, two 18-person gunite hot tubs, installation of a new heating, vacuum and air conditioning system and upgrades of both the men’s and women’s locker rooms and hallway.

“This is a very exciting time for the White Mountain Athletic Club and its membership,” said WMAC President Tom Gross Jr. “Five years ago, we made our facility fully accessible by installing an elevator servicing all four floors. We constructed a new front desk, lobby and a new pro shop. Now, the time has come to address our aquatic features, bring them up to date and make our pools accessible to all those who need that service.”

Gross added that the property owners in Waterville Valley, which is a self-contained, four-season resort, have supported the WMAC for years and that they “deserve the best,” which is why it was “very important that we invest their money back into a facility they can be proud of.”

In addition to its core membership, the WMAC is where athletes from both the Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers, a ski club and snowsports training center, as well as the Waterville Hockey Institute, work out. “So we have to move as they move, build as they build and grow as they grow,” Gross said. “These improvements will enhance everyone’s experience.”

Rene Schwartz, who has been the club’s general manager since it was purchased in 1995 by the White Mountain Athletic Club Inc., said the ongoing improvements at the WMAC are beneficial to current and future members. The club also owns the 18-court Waterville Valley Tennis Center, where Gross is both the owner and head professional.

“Everyone wins,” said Schwartz, because the new pools will offer “a deeper deep end for aquatic workouts, two lap lanes, family swim and a much larger kids’ wade pool area, not to mention better (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility with a built-in ramp right into the pool.”

Schwartz hoped the improvements would encourage sustaining, non-active members to “join in a more robust membership to enjoy the new amenities and enhance their experience while in the valley.”

Built in 1985 by the Waterville Company, the WMAC offers two indoor tennis courts, a jogging track, a racquetball court, cardio room, weight training facilities, steam rooms, saunas, locker rooms, yoga/stretch studio, a full-service pro shop, a game room, an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool, massage spa, and DVD/video rentals. It is also home to the Coyote Grill.

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